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"I was drinking three bottles of wine a night to deal with my depression ... Sobriety, in conjunction with weekly counselling, has restored my faith in myself." Pippa blogs about how giving up alcohol has boosted her mental health > bit.ly/3yYJ96s
You deserve support and respect, whatever your identity or background. And you have legal rights to access healthcare without discrimination. 🌈 For more info and support >mind.org.uk/lqbtiqplusF.#Pride20211#Pridee#PrideMonthhA
In this blog from Clare, she explains more about PTSD, how she has coped during the pandemic and adapting her mindfulness routine to improve her mental health. You can read about Clare's experience here ➡️ bit.ly/3utzYaA (2/3)
Everyone experiences and manages PTSD differently. For more information or support on PTSD, visit bit.ly/3oVF7qW (3/3)
Earlier this week @NadiaWhittomeMP bravely spoke out about her experience of PTSD. Having PTSD isn't a choice or a sign of weakness, and it's important to remember that you are not alone. (1/3)
Our friends @McLarenF1 are raffling two helmets worn by drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo at the #MonacoGP to support our work fighting for mental health. Donate to enter the prize draw and be in with a chance to win one! givergy.uk/McLaren-for-Mi…
We’ve also teamed up with @twinklresources to create a selection of resources, designed to support educators during the pandemic. Visit bit.ly/2RN4Wxc (8/8)
🙏 We’re proud to support Twinkl’s#waveofthankss campaign and want to thank all the teachers and school staff who have fought through this unsettling time. Know that we are here to support you. (7/8)
And on top of all that, you've been dealing with a global pandemic. (6/8)
You've had to worry about the kids, their mental and physical health, and this huge gap in their education. (5/8)
You've not had the protection you should have had from COVID-19. (4/8)
You've faced so much uncertainty. (3/8)
This past year has been so hard. (2/8)
Teachers. We see you. (1/8)
Thanks for the support Harry 💙twitter.com/HKane/status/1…J
"I struggled with my self-esteem after persistent ridicule had become ingrained over several years." For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, Joe blogs about how the education system let him down and why he’s fighting for better mental health support in schools. bit.ly/2SOW3U9
Speak out and show the world why fighting for mental health is important to you. It could be a video, a photo, or a comment below. Tag us @MindCharity and use #FightForMH for a chance to have your photos or videos shared this Friday. #MHAW
"Animals can help with self esteem and our mental health". Read how on @MetroUK > bit.ly/3bgPLCS Oh, and if ever there was an excuse for us to share an animal GIF, it's now. #MHAW #FightForMH #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
"Awareness raising alone is not enough. If we are serious about fighting for mental health we must also guarantee that when someone does find the courage to speak out, they have the right support available." Read @FrankieBridge's piece for @MetroUK > bit.ly/3uHiFUr
"I’m fighting for unconditional acceptance." For Mental Health Awareness Week, Jasmin blogs about the impact of gender, race and religion on their mental health. #MHAW bit.ly/33uDCpw
Thank you for raising this again @campbellclaret . We hope to see a mental health spokesperson during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
"We are on the verge of a major mental health crisis and a little effort now will go a long way to making it easier in the long run. Failure to act now will mean more effort is needed later."
"My mental health has been at its worst this past year due to Covid. Having someone to speak on my behalf would help immensely. Unless people experience the long delays for treatment or support they can't fully comprehend how demoralising it is to be dependent on others."
"I've had many referrals hitting brick walls because there's no funding, no one trained to deal with bipolar or resources are stretched to the max. People who've never suffered from mental health issues before are developing them and don't know what to do or where to go for help"
"The pandemic has devastated my mental health. Asking for help was so difficult, but at least I'm now on a waiting list. A spokesperson will help people to realise the government is taking this issue seriously, and may perhaps make it easier for those struggling to ask for help."
"Depression, stress, the exacerbation of existing disorders has been a direct result of the pandemic and lockdown. The nation needs to be assured that they can find help when it's required. A spokesperson at press conferences will be a step towards that."
So many of us have been struggling with our mental health because of the pandemic. The following quotes from our campaigners show why a mental health spokesperson is so important. twitter.com/GMB/status/139…
Help us to keep fighting for change, for fairness, for respect, for life-changing support. Donate this Mental Health Awareness Week 👉mind.org.uk/donatev #MHAWWO
This Mental Health Awareness Week it’s time to step up the fight for mental health. Are you in? #MHAW #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #FightForMH
Your GP practice is also a good place to go for any questions. People with severe mental illnesses are a priority, so they should be able to help. 8/8
Local support is also available. If you are in contact with a secondary mental health team or peer support workers, you may wish to discuss concerns and support needs with them. 7/8
We have information on accessing a vaccine appointment, tips if you’re worried about your appointment, and info on where to get more support here > bit.ly/2S5doHM 6/8
This could mean: • a longer appointment or appointment at a particular time • somewhere quiet to sit while you wait • asking if someone can come with you to your appointment like a friend/carer • other options if you’re housebound or can’t travel to the vaccination site 5/8
If you need a reasonable adjustment to have your vaccination, you can ask for it when you make your appointment. 4/8
The Government defines an SMI as including people with: • a diagnosis of schizophrenia • a diagnosis of bipolar disorder • any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment. There’s more info on what the last point means here > bit.ly/2S5doHM 3/8
If you're living with a severe mental illness (SMI), you can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. But we know some of you have concerns or issues with access. 2/8
Thread: COVID-19 vaccines for people with a ‘severe mental illness’ 1/8
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. We want to hear why you're fighting for mental health. For your younger self, for your friends, for the people you love. Keep an eye on our channels next week and get involved. We'll see you there. More here > bit.ly/2R3R3tS
Read more about our new strategy here > mind.org.uk/about-us/our-s…
You can read more about our new strategy here > mind.org.uk/about-us/our-s…
And we won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
We will fight for their mental health. We will fight for your mental health.
People from racialised communities. Young people. People living in poverty.
We need to do more for the people with the highest mental health needs, and the worst experiences of support.
The pandemic has made our mental health worse.
Over the past few years, we've come a long way. Mental health isn't hidden any more. It's on the front pages and the political agenda. For millions, it's now something to be honest about, not ashamed of. But it's not enough.
This past year has been unbelievably hard on our mental health. We know things are tough right now. We know things need to change. We've launched a new strategy, and it's our promise to be bolder, braver and tougher in our fight for mental health.
"Speaking up gave me power over my depression." Alice writes about how becoming a Mind member has helped her. Become a member today, and be part of a growing movement for better mental health > bit.ly/3aV0N0m
To learn more about schizophrenia, including causes, symptoms, treatment and more tips for friends and family, visit bit.ly/3e759Dy.
It's important to look after yourself too. You might find it helpful to talk to others with similar experiences at a carers’ group or with a therapist. For more advice on looking after your wellbeing, visit mind.org.uk/carers.
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